Must-read Science Fiction

A Listmania! list by D. Davison "arcticfrog" (Kingwood, TX USA)
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The list author says: "These are some of the best science fiction has to offer and should not be missed. Many are parts of series, and consider the whole series good even if I didn't post them all. Some may stretch the concept of science fiction, but all are great reads."
Ringworld (A Del Rey book)
1.  Ringworld (A Del Rey book) by Larry Niven
The list author says:
  "One of the best ever, great science and great adventure."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

Protector
2.  Protector by Larry Niven
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

Rendezvous with Rama
3.  Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
4.  Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,185 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Fleet of Worlds
5.  Fleet of Worlds by Larry Niven
The list author says:
  "A great series that should be read after the Ringworld series."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

Rama II: The Sequel to Rendezvous with Rama
6.  Rama II: The Sequel to Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
The list author says:
  "Despite any negative reviews, this book, as well as the rest of the series, is a page-turner. Hard sci-fi combined with excellent story."
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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

The Ringworld Throne
7.  The Ringworld Throne by Larry Niven
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2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

One Second After
8.  One Second After by William R. Forstchen
The list author says:
  "A great look at how things might go when the power goes out... for good. Very detailed and keeps you turning the pages. What percentage of people die off at three months? Six? How many are left in this small community by nine months?"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,411 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Z for Zachariah
9.  Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
The list author says:
  "I nice read about a man and a girl struggling to survive in an irradiated world."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Plague Year
10.  Plague Year by Jeff Carlson
The list author says:
  "A great look at the possibilities surrounding nanotech gone out of control."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Prey
11.  Prey by Michael Crichton
The list author says:
  "Great book about nanotech gone out of control."
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Titan (The Grand Tour)
12.  Titan (The Grand Tour) by Ben Bova
The list author says:
  "Part of the Grand Tour series, they are all excellent."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Old Man's War
13.  Old Man's War by John Scalzi
The list author says:
  "Great miliraty sci-fi."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,204 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
14.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "A classic. Characters are a bit wooden and one-dimensional, but this one is not to be missed. The problem with Card is his characters have no fatal flaws; they are a bit too 'perfect'."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,409 customer reviews)

Mercury (Grand Tour)
15.  Mercury (Grand Tour) by Ben Bova
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Mars
16.  Mars by Ben Bova
The list author says:
  "The best series on Mars in my opinion. But sometimes Bova overdoes the drama. Still, that doesn't detract from this excellent story."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

Parable of the Sower
17.  Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
The list author says:
  "Maybe not exactly Sci-Fi, but an interesting, if somewhat depressing, look at a girl surviving in an America in fast decline."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

The Hammer of God
18.  The Hammer of God by Arthur C. Clarke
The list author says:
  "Another post-apocalyptic book that is excellent in detail and adventure."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Jupiter: A Novel (Grand Tour)
19.  Jupiter: A Novel (Grand Tour) by Ben Bova
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Saturn: A Novel of the Ringed Planet- And the Humans Who Explore It (The Grand Tour)
20.  Saturn: A Novel of the Ringed Planet- And the Humans Who Explore It (The Grand Tour) by Ben Bova
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Jurassic Park: A Novel
21.  Jurassic Park: A Novel by Michael Crichton
The list author says:
  "Glad I read this back before they made the movie. The book is much, much better. I read this one overnight. However, I'd skip the rest of the series on this one."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,115 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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Venus (Grand Tour)
22.  Venus (Grand Tour) by Ben Bova
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Rama Revealed (Bantam Spectra Book)
23.  Rama Revealed (Bantam Spectra Book) by Arthur C. Clarke
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

The Garden of Rama
24.  The Garden of Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

Childhood's End (Del Rey Impact)
25.  Childhood's End (Del Rey Impact) by Arthur C. Clarke
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (668 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Skeleton Crew
26.  Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Has some good sci-fi in it, such as 'The Jaunt' and 'Beachworld'. 'The Mist' isn't hard sci-fi, but is a very entertaining read nonetheless."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Talisman
27.  The Talisman by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "More fantasy than sci-fi, but a great tale. Read this when I was a teen and loved it."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Mote in God's Eye
28.  The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven
The list author says:
  "Great sci-fi, really interesting and original aliens. This book is great, but the sequel was really bland."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)

Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
29.  Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) by Frank Herbert
The list author says:
  "While more works of fantasy than sci-fi, the four novels of the Dune series are not to be missed."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,984 customer reviews) | 18 customer discussions

Ender's Shadow (Ender, Book 5)
30.  Ender's Shadow (Ender, Book 5) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "Another great book that mirrors Ender's Game from Bean's perspective. Still, suffers from the same problems as Card's other works: the characters are a bit too perfect to take seriously."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,156 customer reviews)

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Foundation
31.  Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The list author says:
  "Found this one not quite as good as touted, but the ideas presented are really interesting. Story kind of drags after the middle."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

Plague Zone (Plague Year)
32.  Plague Zone (Plague Year) by Jeff Carlson
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Plague War
33.  Plague War by Jeff Carlson
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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